BOSTON, Sporting Alert – Despite suffering more injury difficulties, the Boston Celtics held on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Boston went into the game without star forward Al Horford after he entered the NBA’s concussion protocol, and it suffered another setback when star rookie Jayson Tatum picked up an ankle injury during the game and did not return.
But Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points and Kyrie Irving finished with 19 and the Celtics managed to overcome those injuries to extend their win streak.
Baynes, who shot 8 of 12 from the floor, also grabbed eight rebounds, while Irving dished out five assists and grabbed six rebounds in the victory for the Celtics (10-2).
Marcus Morris had 18 points and Terry Rozier added 14 points and eight rebounds for Boston, which shot just 38.8 percent.
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Boston coach Brad Stevens said Tatum, who scored five points in a little over nine minutes, had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution.
Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece.
Ingram also grabbed seven rebounds with two steals and Clarkson added five boards and two steals in the defeat.
Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 points, while Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma each scored 10 points for Los Angeles (5-6), who had won two straight before Wednesday night’s defeat.
Lonzo Ball finished with nine points, six assists, five rebounds and four blocks.
The rookie point guard struggled to get his shots off again – going 4 of 15 from the field and missed four his five 3-point attempts.
Boston led by as many as 21 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two with 5:42 left in the third.
However, Los Angeles failed to take advantage of its opponent’s bad shooting night, as they too struggled to make shots and committed six turnovers down the stretch.
Los Angeles Lakers are at the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
Boston Celtics entertain the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.